Mrs Murphy by Rita Mae Brown
Mrs. Murphy is the central character in a series of cozy mystery novels by American author Rita Mae Brown. The eponymous character in the series, Mrs. Murphy, is actually the cat of 30-something divorcee Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen. Together, they solve mysteries in the town of Crozet, Virginia.

Rita Mae Brown began her Mrs. Murphy series in 1990 with the novel Wish You Were Here. After over 20 novels, the series is currently ongoing. The series is “co-authored” by Sneaky Pie Brown (Rita’s cat). Below is a list of Rita Mae (and Sneaky Pie) Brown’s Mrs. Murphy books in order of when they were first released (which is also their chronological order):

Publication Order of Mrs. Murphy Books


Wish You Were Here(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rest in Pieces(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder at Monticello(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pay Dirt(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder, She Meowed(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder on the Prowl(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat on the Scent(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pawing Through the Past(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Claws and Effect(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Catch as Cat Can(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tail of the Tip-Off(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Whisker of Evil(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat's Eyewitness(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sour Puss(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Puss 'n Cahoots(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Purrfect Murder(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Santa Clawed(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat of the Century(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hiss of Death(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Big Cat Nap(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sneaky Pie for President(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Litter of the Law(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nine Lives to Die(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tail Gait(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tall Tail(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Mrs. Murphy Synopsis: Wish You Were Here is the first in Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown’s Mrs. Murphy Mysteries. Crozet, Virginia is a small town full of secrets, which explode when a murder occurs. Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen is the owner of a tiger cat named Mrs. Murphy, a Welsh Corgi named Tucker and… a pending divorce. She also has the curiosity of a cat and can’t stop reading other people’s postcards. People are being murdered and Harry recalls seeing a postcard with a tombstone that read “Wish you were here” on the back. Quickly, Mrs. Murphy and Tucker are on the case in order to protect their human companion.

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  • Ddb

    In what mrs murphy novel did pewter come to live with Harry? She once lived at the grocery store in Crizet

    • Mary Ann

      Pewter came to live with Harry at night, going back to
      Shiflet’s Market in daytime in MURDER, SHE MEOWED

  • Jacky Audas

    not sure which book but Pewter got in trouble for sealing a whole chicken in the grocery store. Harry offered to take Pewter home till things cooled down but Pewter never went back to the grocery

    • Brandon

      Rest in Pieces